Robin Garr joined the Bruce Museum of Arts and Science as the Public Programs Coordinator in 1990 and has served as the Director of Education since 1992. She manages the department, oversees budgets and grants, directs personnel and serves as the Education Department liaison to Museum staff, board, government and the public. She is responsible for the planning of all of the Museum’s educational programs, for both the general public as well as school groups.
In addition to planning a wide variety of lectures, family days, concerts, and children’s programs in the arts and sciences, Ms Garr has developed a close working relationship with the schools allowing for the Bruce Museum to become an integral part of the school curriculum at various levels in multiple disciplines. She is responsible for the establishment, fund raising and administration of the Neighborhood Collaborative, a foundation supported and endowed program, which brings at-risk children to the museum for after school programming. This program received the prestigious American Association of Museums 1997 Award for Excellence in Programming.
In addition to her duties at as an educator she has served as the curator for numerous exhibitions including: Divided Light and Color: American Impressionist Landscapes, 2011; The Prints of Martin Lewis from the Collection of Dr. Dorrance Kelly, 2011, Saddle Up! Horsing Around at the Bruce Museum, 2011; Kashmir Shawls from the Bruce Museum Collection, 2010; The Beckoning Path: The Woodland Garden Photographs of Theodore Nierenberg, 2010; Andy Warhol: Flowers, 1974, 2010; co-curator Lincoln, Life-Size, 2010; co-curator Alexander Calder: Printmaker, 2009; 20th Century American Prints from the Bruce Museum Collection, 2008; The Bruce Museum—A Century of Change, 2007; Zip, Bop and Whir: Toys of the 20th Century, in 2006; co-curator China Trade in New England: A Connecticut Sea Captain’s Journey in 2005; co-curator The Real and the Imagined: Animals in Children’s Book Illustration, in 2001; The Thoroughbred: Born to Run and Jump, in 1999; and co-curator Tribal Treasures: Carpets and Jewelry from Central Asia, in 1994. She also serves as the in-house coordinator for traveling exhibitions presented at the Bruce Museum.
Robin attended the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, for bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, specializing in printmaking, and graduate school at Hunter College in New York City for Art History.